Three New Zealand Super Rugby teams — the Blues, Hurricanes and Chiefs — have signed up to use the Apex player tracking system from Northern Ireland company STATSports, claimed to track players’ speed, distance, accelerations, decelerations and more.
According to STATSports Apex has the ability to track every individual collision and analyse each scrum to give impact timing differentials and return-to-feet statistics for individual players.
STATSports' co-founder and chief operating officer Sean O’Connor said the technology would give the clubs deep insight into the performance of their players and enable them to ensure each was operating at the peak of their abilities.
The head of physical performance at the Hurricanes, David Gray, said: "The Apex system will … allow us to accurately track exactly how much work a player has done in terms of his running outputs, his contacts, his collisions, his scrum efforts and his density of work to make sure we get the right performance on game day."
The deals with the Super Rugby teams follow the company’s agreements with US Soccer, the Chinese Football Association and the Brazilian Football Confederation.
It says the technology is used by many of the world’s biggest sporting organisations across the English Premier League, La Liga, Series A, MLS, NFL, NBA, rugby union and international hockey.